Pujya Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji, the junior Pontiff of Datta Peetham, fondly referred as Bala Swamiji by His devotees is born in a traditional family to Smt. Saraswati and Sri Subramanyam on 14th January, 1977 in Mysore. The boy was named Sri Harsha Sharma. Harsha had his Vedic education in Sri Ganapathy Sachidananda Veda patashala.
His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji had identified the good qualities in Sri.Harsha Sharma and kept him under Sri Swamiji's spiritual observance, tutelage, and guidance. On 27th May, 2004, Sri Harsha Sharma was annointed as a junior pontiff of Avadoota Datta Peetham in presence of erudite scholars. He was given the Sannyasa Deeksha name as "Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha". Through this sacred initiation, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji has infused into Sri Bala Swamiji, the rich, spiritual, and ritualistic Datta heritage.
Sri Bala Swami is admired for oration in various fields like Shastras, Upanishads and many more. Sri Bala Swami is extraordinary translator of the Vedas into simple language. Sri Bala Swami observes Chaaturmasya Deekshas every year. His discourses during this time disseminate knowledge. Many learned scholars of the world look at Sri Bala Swamiji as the ideal student, ideal disciple and a personification of ascetic embodiment.